Play/Time Lab

2 10 2007

Frank Boyd is running the Play/Time Lab at the London Games Festival Next month. It has a very broad remit, but the most precise way of referring to it would be “ARG workshop”. Here’s more on what it’s about, with a link to the application form at the end. The deadline for applications is 9:00am on October 8th:

Over four days between October 22nd and 26th, twenty creative professionals artists, writers, developers and producers from backgrounds in theatre, video-games, animation, web design, tv and radio – will collaborate and compete to develop original ideas for new games across a range of platforms.

The Play/Time Lab will comprise a blend of masterclass, presentations, workshop, screenings and of course, play. Participants will have a unique opportunity to explore and experiment with game forms and digitally mediated play; working as individuals and in teams they will also brainstorm, develop and prototype ideas for new ones.

Play/Time will focus on new forms of interactive narrative, location based games, social and casual games, games that involve live events and performance, augmented or alternate reality games, games with emotional depth, games that appeal to non-gamers.

Specifc themes for the Lab are the relationship between gameplay and narrative, formats which permit user contributions of narrative and character, the design of games with mobile and location based elements which exist alongside a broadcast component.

The Lab will feature presentations from from commissioners and developers from broadcasters, developers and publishers including the BBC, Channel 4, Electronic Arts, and 02, as well as games designers, writers and artists like Blast Theory, The Mustard Corporation and XPT.

Participants in Play/Time will also take part in and contribute to a specially commissioned augmented reality game, The Soho Project, being developed by for the London Games Festival by the Fictional Media Company.

There are still places available; if you would like to be considered for one, please complete the online application from at http://www.unexpectedmedia.com/playtime-games-lab-application-form/ by 9:00am on October 8th.

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